SYLVANIA - Temperatures in the triple digits can cause some to take desperate measures to ensure their electricity is in working order.
A Planters EMC representative stated the occupants of a Burton's Ferry Highway residence had been cut off from electrical power on June 14, said Sgt. Marty Martinez with Sylvania PD.
Martinez responded to a complaint last week that the occupants continued to receive electricity because they removed a meter face and plug with the plate from another Sylvania residence.
The two offenders were able to continue illegally receiving electricity, he said, by hooking up the equipment to their own residence.
Officers tried to make contact with parties inside the home, but no one would answer, said Martinez.
The owner of the residence where the meter face was stolen provided a serial number matching that of the face that was stolen and located by Planters.
The complainant stated he had disconnected the old meter face, valued at $200, which has not yet been located.
The complainant also informed Martinez that the offenders owed an outstanding debt of $688.46 in fines, fees, and expenses.
Proy A. Beths, 32, and Melissa S. Beths, 35, were both arrested and charged with theft by taking and theft of service.